Orchids & Onions is an educational and fundraising program of the San Diego Architectural Foundation, a 501(c)3, nonprofit organization dedicated to the education and the promotion of outstanding architecture, planning and urban design throughout the San Diego region.
Orchids & Onions is the only interactive, community-based program geared towards raising awareness and encouraging practical discourse in response to San Diego’s built environment. The success of the program relies heavily upon the citizens of San Diego; public nominations and feedback about the nominations published on the O&O website are integral to planning, growth and future development of our city.
Each year, a jury of design professionals and artists is selected to determine the official Orchids & Onions based upon public submissions in categories including: architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, historic preservation and miscellaneous. The ‘Miscellaneous’ Category encompasses anything and everything that the existing categories do not; and any nomination submitted to the Miscellaneous Category that is determined to be an Orchid or Onion will be recognized in a category specific to that project.
The online People’s Choice Vote gauges San Diegans’ opinions about the state of their region. The culmination is an enlightening and fun-filled awards presentation, promoting awareness and practical discourse about the state of our region.
We urge you to take part in this shared process. Participate!!
This passionate bunch come together every year to organize this amazing event.
Here is our jury for the 2017 Orchids & Onions.
Jeana Kim Renger
Principal Architect + Director of Business Development
Ferguson Pape Baldwin Architects
Laura DuCharme Conboy, AIA, LEED AP
Architect, Principal, Owner
Leigh Kyle, RLA, ASLA
Marvin J. Malecha, FAIA
NewSchool of Architecture & Design
Randy Van Vleck
Active Transportation Manager
City Heights Community Development Corporation
Douglas H. Austin, FAIA, LEED AP, MAIBC
Founder, Chairman, CEO
AVRP Skyport Studios
ACE Mentorship Program